The Promise Keepers "Process"... Or Another Gospel?!

The following is directly from the Promise Keeper 1996 Conference List Brochure. Notice the change in the end paragraph from other pieces from PK. Read it for yourself, and my thoughts will come following the piece from the brochure.


SEVEN PROMISES OF A PROMISE KEEPER:

1). A Promise Keeper is committed to honor Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God's Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

2). A Promise Keeper is committed to pursue vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.

3). A Promise Keeper is committed to practice spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity.

4). A Promise Keeper is committed to build strong marriages and families through love, protection, and biblical values.

5). A Promise Keeper is committed to support the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor and by actively giving his time and resources.

6). A Promise Keeper is committed to reach beyond any racial and denominational barriers to the demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

7). A Promise Keeper is committed to influence his world, being obedient to the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

We understand that this kind of change is a process, and that we need the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Before a man becomes a "promise keeper," he must be a "promise seeker." The seeking process leads a man to God Himself, thus encountering the promises of God. At this point a man must become a "promise receiver." Embracing and owning the promises of God provides a foundation for a man to make promises, a "promise maker." [Bold Emphasis Mine]

(Illustration with arrows pointing from left to right and a box with promise keeper) promise seeker --- promise receiver --- promise maker --- promise keeper

Consequently, "promise keeping" is a process, vitally connected to a man's relationship with Jesus Christ.

We desire to see one man commit to these promises...then two...and so on. -------------end cut out from brochure


Here is Promise Keeper's previous way of the "process": (From a PK help file) "We understand that making promises we intend to keep is a process and that we need the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. We also understand that we need brothers who will allow us to honorably fail, and to pray and support us when we do fail. The fact is that we are all in process until our physical death. Yet, Scripture clearly calls to enter the process of sanctification, to become who we are in Christ Jesus. Only then will we be godly influences in our relationships and in our world."

Do you see the differences?

Promise Keepers seven promises replace God's promises! Read the paragraph again from the brochure:

"We understand that this kind of change is a process, and that we need the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. Before a man becomes a "promise keeper," he must be a "promise seeker." "The seeking process leads a man to God Himself, thus encountering the promises of God. At this point a man must become a "promise receiver." Embracing and owning the promises of God provides a foundation for a man to make promises, a "promise maker." Consequently, "promise keeping" is a process, vitally connected to a man's relationship with Jesus Christ."

THE PARAGRAPH BROKEN DOWN:

"We understand that this kind of change is a process, and that we need the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit."

Is this the "process" by which we repent of sin and come to a saving knowledge in Christ Jesus, or the "process" by which you become a Promise Keeper?

"Before a man becomes a "promise keeper," he must be a "promise seeker."

Before a man becomes a Promise Keeper!!!! IT's the PK Process!!! Not the Bible's!

"The seeking process leads a man to God Himself, thus encountering the promises of God."

Where in the Bible does it say this??? Do we seek God as unsaved men and women?

Romans 3:11-12 "There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God . They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good , no, not one."

Did I miss what these Pkers are teaching?

"At this point a man must become a "promise receiver." Embracing and owning the promises of God provides a foundation for a man to make promises, a "promise maker.""

Is this where we receive Christ as our Lord? Is this the salvation message? "Embracing and owning" what promises of God??? THE SEVEN PROMISES??? This clearly points you to the "promises," but are these seven promises from God for us to keep??

(Illustration with arrows pointing from left to right and a box with promise keeper) promise seeker --- promise receiver --- promise maker --- promise keeper

Consequently, "promise keeping" is a process, vitally connected to a man's relationship with Jesus Christ.

Certainly promise keeping is important, but is it a process? (This reminds me of the false teachings of one of PK's speakers Pastor Bill Hybels!) Or a conscience decision on the part of the believer? Is the Christian life a "process?" Or is it a life based upon the principles and precepts of God's Word the Bible? Do the Promise Keeper promises encompass all of God's precepts, or the ideas of what men think God wants? Did we ever seek God out, or does he seek us out when we were sinners?

Romans 5:8-11 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."

Promise Keepers has subverted the gospel by replacing it with their promises and process. Where in this "gospel" is assurance of salvation and Heaven?

From PK's previous way "Yet, Scripture clearly calls to enter the process of sanctification, to become who we are in Christ Jesus. Only then will we be godly influences in our relationships and in our world."

This sentence is removed!!!! In their eagerness to please men of ANY denominations (Promise 6) They now have crossed a major threshold and redefined the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Beware of Promise Keepers, mark their ways! Romans 16:17


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